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Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Filed by Clarksburg City Councilman Sam Lopez

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Harrison County Circuit Judge James Matish denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Clarksburg City Councilman Sam Lopez against his fellow council members.  Judge Matish heard the motion during a hearing August 21.

Lopez filed the lawsuit after city council voted in February to remove him from office, following his conviction for domestic assault.  Clarksburg City Council determined Lopez's conviction for domestic assault constitutes moral turpitude, which under city charter is grounds for removal from office.

Lopez's attorney, Greg Schillace, has argued that the city council's decision to remove Lopez from his council seat is unconstitutional.  Lopez remains on council in a non-voting capacity, pending the outcome of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is set to be heard starting December 5.

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